Hydrogen Fuel Hits the National Spotlight in 2021
The excitement around hydrogen as an emerging alternative fuel isn’t limited to California. As Biden’s administration took office in early 2021, national attention ramped up. The U.S. Department of Energy cites hydrogen fuel cell technology as a “clean, efficient, and reliable power for the 21st century.” They recognize that fuel cells have great potential for many end-users, including distributed power for backup, primary and combined-heat-and-power systems; automobiles, buses, forklifts, and other specialty vehicles; and auxiliary power units and portable electronics. The Department goes so far as to say, “fuel cell applications hold potential to impact the 21st-century clean energy economy dramatically.”
In February, 11 corporations, including Toyota, Shell, Cummins, Hyundai, CF Industries, and others, formed the Hydrogen Forward coalition to provide education and awareness to federal policymakers with an end goal of achieving supportive legislation and financial resources to make significant strides in expanding this energy solution. Neil Beup, Head of Global Government Affairs at Linde (one organization within Hydrogen Forward), remarked,
“To achieve both the economic and climate goals this president has articulated, hydrogen needs to be part of the solution. We’re seeing countries in Europe and Asia recognize this. They have put in place robust, comprehensive national strategies for hydrogen that support both production and demand and that will drive investment. The US will need to accelerate its effort if we are to compete globally for capital investments and green jobs.”
On April 22, Biden committed the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030. This goal aligns with the American Jobs Plan announced on March 31, which includes moving to 100% clean power by 2035. The Plan consists of $15 billion for projects related to climate research and development, including hydrogen production and utility-scale energy storage.
In May, the U.S. Department of Energy provided $6.2 million of Federal funding towards a total of eight university-led projects within the University Turbines Systems Research program. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm commented,
“Our economic competitors are getting serious about harnessing carbon emission-free power from hydrogen, and so the U.S. must as well. Congress has entrusted DOE as the nation’s leading funder of the physical sciences, and we’re proud to invest in the brilliant scientific minds in our nation’s university stem that are helping us ensure every American can access reliable zero-carbon power.”
The universities will examine issues of applied engineering and develop methods to improve turbines powered with pure hydrogen, hydrogen, natural gas mixtures, and other carbon-free hydrogen-containing fuels.
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